The Violence Reduction Network (VRN) is a Justice Department program that focuses on providing effective assistance to cities most affected by chronic violence. (See: http://go.usa.gov/3zbtR). The VRN was launched to create opportunities for cities to directly engage with the United States Department of Justice in developing strategies to combat chronic, violent crime.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, is a key participant in the United States Department of Justice’s Violence Reduction Network, since the City of Compton was selected in 2015 to become part of the program. The two-year program will enable Sheriff’s Department officials at the Compton Station, who are responsible for public safety in the City of Compton, to work closely with the Department of Justice and Compton City officials to address 12 key areas, including gang violence and prevention, human trafficking, mental illness and homelessness, at-risk youth and trust-building in the community.
This initiative presents a unique opportunity for the Department of Justice to work in partnership with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), federal law enforcement partners, community leaders, and the City of Compton to develop enhanced strategies for violence reduction. The United States Attorney’s Office also will work closely with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to coordinate criminal prosecutions in federal and state courts.
Four Justice Department agencies have committed significant resources and will work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department on this initiative. Specifically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Marshals Service; the Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Violence Reduction Network will provide the Sheriff’s Department with technical assistance and access to resources as part of a robust violent crime strategy that will be supported by federal law enforcement agencies. The Justice Department program seeks to maximize resources to ensure that cities dealing with chronic violence have a strategic way to access resources such as training and exposure to evidence-based best practices across the country. Compton was selected to be part of VRN, in part, because of the deep commitment of LASD and local government officials to partnerships and civic engagement aimed at crime reduction.
For more information about the Compton Violence Reduction Network, please contact Assistant United States Attorney, Susan J. De Witt, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can also be found in the press release issued in 2015 selecting Compton as a VRN participant.